January 2021

Peterborough rape victim speaks of ‘soul destorying’ attack that left her suicidal as rapist is jailed

A rape victim has spoken of the “heartless, soul-destroying attack” that left her traumatised and suicidal.

The woman from Peterborough, fell victim to Craig Myers, who was jailed on Friday (15 January) at Peterborough Crown Court.

Myers, 20, invited her to his home in Muskham, Bretton, Peterborough, on 22 May, 2019, before forcing her trouser-shorts down and raping her in his bedroom.

She said: “Since that night I have changed. I have spent hours scrubbing my skin, trying to remove the marks that nobody sees. I couldn’t speak about it to most of my family. It made me feel dirty, used and as if he had killed a part of me.

“I still struggle being alone since the heartless, soul-destroying attack. My mental health has been on a downward slope since the rape and at one point I tried to take my own life.

“I hope he never has the chance again to hurt someone the way he did me. I will never ‘get over’ what happened, I live with it every single day.”

The victim stated that after the offence, Myers had fallen asleep but she was too scared to move.

The following day the victim returned home and told her family before calling police.

Myers was arrested but claimed he’d had no sexual contact with the victim, despite DNA evidence proving otherwise.

He later admitted charges of assault by penetration and rape and was sentenced to 54 months in a Young Offenders Institution.